Saturday, February 25, 2017

Alper Initiative Call for Washington Artists!

This summer, the Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum will host their first exhibition featuring Washington, DC area artists who have submitted their work to the Initiative’s online database.

The deadline for submitting is March 1, 2017, and is open to all Washington area artists. 

Please see their website for details and submission guidelines

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this asswipe trying to rip off artists:
From: erin winam (
 Hello, How are you doing today? I would like to purchase something nice for my wife as our wedding anniversary approaches, please kindly forward the artworks you have available for purchase within this price range ($350-$600).Thank you
This is how the scam works and how to protect yourself... 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Opportunity for Artists

Submission Deadline: March 13, 2017

Each year, Arlington Arts Center selects approximately 14 artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region for solo exhibitions in AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces or outside on the grounds. Proposals that specifically consider AAC’s space, layout, and surrounding environs are encouraged. Floor plans are available on our website.

This year's jurors will include: Kate Haw, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, and Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Who Can Apply: Artists who produce cutting-edge contemporary art in any and all media, and who live or work in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvania may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

Fall SOLOS will open October 14 and run through December 17, 2017. Spring SOLOS will open April 14 and run through June 3, 2018.

AAC info:
Apply here:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A great free idea to the WaPo!

The internets are already having all kinds of fun with the Washington Post's new masthead slogan which made its debut tonight in the WaPo's website...

There are already all kinds of theories, opinions and thoughts, ranging from the numerologists' views of "three D's", to loads of funny memes, to another anti-Trumpian effort by the newspaper once dubbed Pradva on the Potomac during the halcyon days of Communism.

However, my good bud and Cuban-American peeps Jeff, who owns the WaPo, tells me that the new slogan is something that iconic reporter Bob Woodward apparently says all the time... cough, cough...

Regardless, in my highly informed and immensely brilliant opinion, the whole thing looks (notice I said "looks") a little kitschy to me... in fact a bit fortune cookie type.

Therein lies the brilliance of what can happen next! And here's my suggestion to the WaPo, intelligently inspired by my fortune cookie analogy: Change the slogan every day!

Then it would really be like a fortune cookie, but because it comes from the WaPo, it would be more serious... cough, cough.

Furthermore, there are no coincidences, and Donald Lau, America's top fortune cookie writer, has just retired after 30 years of fortune cookie writing!


Do not waste this opportunity! Contact Mr. Lau immediately, and entice him with a nice salary to un-retire and come write new slogans for the WaPo! If he declines, make him a one-year offer that he can't refuse, with a mentoring clause, so that he can mentor and train a couple of young, enterprising new slogan writers.

We want Lau! We want Lau! We want Lau!


Art Scam Alert!

Ignore this mutant trying to rip off artists:
Van: Sally Riding []

Onderwerp: artgallery

Greetings! My name is Rise dully from United Kingdom. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase some of your artwork available at range of €100 to €5,000 can you list some of the items available now? and ready for sale as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, my method of payment is by Bank Check as mode of Payment. Thanks and best regards.

This is how the scam works and how to protect yourself... 

Monday, February 20, 2017


Vote for your favorite Traffic Box Art Wraps! Select up to 5!

What are Traffic Box Art Wraps, you ask???

Program Description

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation had released a Call for Artists’ designs to transform select traffic signal cabinets in Prince George’s County into public artworks representative of community identity and character.  Traffic signal cabinets – the grey metal structures located at every signalized intersection – are vulnerable to graffiti and vandalism.  This project will utilize a public art application to address community blight and enhance the visual landscape.  Artist designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around 11 traffic box cabinets in Prince George’s County, focusing on boxes located in the county’s T.N.I. (Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative) communities  This project is made possible through funding from the Prince George’s County Executive Community Partnership Grant and the support of Prince George’s Department of Public Works & Transportation.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A 2004 friend

I always wonder how artwork travels around - I think that this proof sold in New York City around 2006... and then yesterday I get this email:

Dear Mr. Campello. I was fortunate to find one of your prints at an
estate sale here in Florida. I really like the print and was wondering
what the numbers on the back mean. Would you be so kind as to explain
them to me. It would be appreciated. As you can tell, I am a novice at
this and am trying to learn. I have attached a photos of the front and
back of the print. Thank you so much for any information you can
provide me.

Trinity, Florida.